The most famous long-distance hiking trail in North America, the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail the longest hiking-only footpath in the world runs along the Appalachian mountain range from Georgia to Maine. Every year about 2,000 individuals attempt to thru-hike the entire trail, a feat equivalent to hiking Mount Everest sixteen times. In "Walking on the Wild Side," sociologist Kristi M. Fondren traces the stories of forty-six men and women who, for their own personal reasons, set out to conquer America s most well known, and arguably most social, long-distance hiking trail.
Walking on the Wild Side
Rutgers University Press
Long-Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail